In Part 3 of this series, Understanding The Nature Of The Enemy: Red Tape, we considered how our government snarls us in red tape to keep us dependent, to keep us from becoming mature adults. Here we consider the damage we have done to ourselves.
The Best Defense Is A Good Offense
It is a truism. You want to defend yourself? Then build an offensive capability. Make your enemy aware of the fact that you can and will counterattack ferociously. Then he will leave you in peace. That is true with respect to both external and internal threats.
What happens when “good men” do not prepare for conflict? What happens when “good men” refuse to take a stand and do nothing? When evil men prowl about, seize, and ravage the weak, what happens when “good men” stand idly by, doing nothing?
What does the Bible say?
What does the Bible say happens when good men do nothing to stop evil? Consider the history of Israel. For the most part the history of the kings of Israel is a history of kings leading their people into sin. What follows is the story of a king who was one of the worst of the lot.
2 Chronicles 33:1-9 Good News Translation (GNT)
King Manasseh of Judah
33 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king of Judah, and he ruled in Jerusalem for fifty-five years. 2 Following the disgusting practices of the nations whom the Lord had driven out of the land as his people advanced, Manasseh sinned against the Lord. 3 He rebuilt the pagan places of worship that his father Hezekiah had destroyed. He built altars for the worship of Baal, made images of the goddess Asherah, and worshiped the stars. 4 He built pagan altars in the Temple, the place that the Lord had said was where he should be worshiped forever. 5 In the two courtyards of the Temple he built altars for the worship of the stars. 6 He sacrificed his sons in Hinnom Valley as burnt offerings. He practiced divination and magic and consulted fortunetellers and mediums. He sinned greatly against the Lord and stirred up his anger. 7 He placed an image in the Temple, the place about which God had said to David and his son Solomon: “Here in Jerusalem, in this Temple, is the place that I have chosen out of all the territory of the twelve tribes of Israel as the place where I am to be worshiped. 8 And if the people of Israel will obey all my commands and keep the whole Law that my servant Moses gave them, then I will not allow them to be driven out of the land that I gave to their ancestors.” 9 Manasseh led the people of Judah to commit even greater sins than those committed by the nations whom the Lord had driven out of the land as his people advanced.
King Manasseh sacrificed his own sons as burnt offerings to an idol named Molech or Moloch: a god of the Ammonites. This god required the sacrifice of children.
Why did the people of Israel put up with such a terrible crime? Some were no doubt afraid. However, the people of Israel were not mere observers; they imitated Manasseh’s sins. Why?
Virtue is not something we are born with. If we are fortunate, our parents taught us virtue. That is why the Bible tells us to teach the commandments of God to our children, but some time prior to the rule of King Manasseh, the people of Israel had stopped teaching their children the commandments of God. So their descendents forgot the meaning of virtue. How much did they forget? In the next chapter, 2 Chronicles 34, we learn that the Book of the Law, the Bible of that era, had become lost. Fortunately, when one of the few good kings, King Josiah, cared enough to restore the temple, Hilkiah, then the high priest, rediscovered a copy.
What happens to a people who no longer know what values they should honor? Here is what happened to Israel.
Isaiah 3:1-4 Good News Translation (GNT)
3 Now the Lord, the Almighty Lord, is about to take away from Jerusalem and Judah everything and everyone that the people depend on. He is going to take away their food and their water, 2 their heroes and their soldiers, their judges and their prophets, their fortunetellers and their statesmen, 3 their military and civilian leaders, their politicians and everyone who uses magic to control events. 4 The Lord will let the people be governed by immature boys.
Whereas a man does what is right because he knows what is right, a boy dithers — watching first to see what those around him do. Yet even a man finds sinning easier than doing good. So we must teach our children well. Jesus once put it this way.
Matthew 7:13-14 Good News Translation (GNT)
The Narrow Gate
13 “Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. 14 But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.
Are Our Leaders Idly Standing By, Doing Nothing To Stop Evil?
We have in Washington D.C. Socialist Democrats taking us where no good Christian would want to go. And it is all out in the open.
- We put up with huge budget deficits. The Democrat-run Senate won’t even pass a budget, but they will happily “stimulate” the economy with wasteful spending.
- We allow our president to appoint “Czars” without congressional approval. He has even bypassed Congress to appoint regular officials.
- We put up with leaders who advocate same-sex “marriage.” We have even let them authorize open homosexuality in the military.
- We have let our leaders pass unconstitutional legislation such as Obamacare.
- We have let Congress institutionalize lying. Consider baseline budgeting. If the Federal budget does not increase by a set percentage, they call the mere “lack of spending growth” a budget cut.
- We have allowed our government to pay for abortions. Under Obamacare, our government can even force private insurers to cover and private organizations to pay for insurance policies that pay for abortions.
- And on and on and on.
And what do Establishment Republicans do? They complain gently. Apparently, they do not want anyone to think they actually get angry about unconstitutional government; lying public officials; fraud, waste, and abuse; or killing unborn babies. And we voted for these “men.” So it seems our elected officials are not alone in their indifference.
I see much activity from pundits and questioners demanding to know what orders President Obama gave regarding the attack on the Benghazi consulate, which apparently he was tracking within a half-hour or so after it began.
In fact, Obama already detailed this list of orders, in Presidential Debate #2:
So as soon as we found out that the Benghazi consulate was being overrun, I was on the phone with my national security team, and I gave them three instructions:
- Number one, beef up our security and — and — and procedures not just in Libya but every embassy and consulate in the region.
- Number two, investigate exactly what happened, regardless of where the facts lead us, to make sure that folks are held accountable and it doesn’t happen again.
- And number three, we are going to find out who did this, and we are going to hunt them down, because one of the things that I’ve said throughout my presidency is when folks mess with Americans, we go after them.
Note the present tense “was being overrun.” In other words, despite the fact that the attack was still under way, and we had resources in the area (including people one mile away), and he could see that the consulate staff was still under attack, his orders (based on his own statement here) amounted to “let them die, and we’ll figure something out for next time.” None of the three orders he says he gave had anything to do with saving the people in our consulate under attack. (continued here)
goes on, however, to bring up another coverup that concerns him even more.
But I am actually more concerned about the now-forgotten Fast and Furious operation, during which the Obama administration coordinated among multiple agencies (DOJ, ATF, FBI) to put Americans at risk and increase killings in Mexico in order to provide political support for gun control — over the objections of many agents. When those agents complained, they were told that they should consider this activity should be “fun” and in fact “the most fun you have with ATF.” (from here)
Is the Fast and Furious operation forgotten? That’s up to us. Like boys who would be men, our leaders lead from behind. They see where we want to go, and then they hurry to get ahead of us. Therefore, if we want our leaders to behave virtuously, we must become more mature — more virtuous — ourselves.
This is the fourth post in a series.
- Part 1: An Election Day Story.
- Part 2: Is It Okay To Be Angry?
- Part 3: Understanding The Nature Of The Enemy: Red Tape
- Part 5: Onward, Christian Soldiers